African American Nascar driver David Thornton was pulled over mid-race during yesterday as he competed for a Sprint Cup Series win. A police car swerved onto the track, sirens blazing, and pulled over the young man claiming he was “speeding.” Nascar officials say they always have a police officer on the premises and this should not be a shock. Thornton protested that he was going “slower than a bunch guys” to no avail.
The officer in question, Clay Pimberry: “Yeah we had a young, African American male, 20-25, speeding away in a car riddled with graffiti and logos speeding somewhere along the lines of 200, 220 miles per hour. I pulled him over, he was wearing a helmet. I asked him wher ehe bought it. He said he was in a hurry and I asked him to step out of the car and he said he needed 5 or 6 of his ‘crew’ to help him do that. That’s when I requested backup.”
Thornton spent the evening in prison and his car was towed. He will dropped 3 spots in the standings.
On the matter, fellow Nascar driver Kyle Busch said “awesome.”